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Pros and Cons of Moving to Milwaukee, WI

milwaukee-city Written by Marquette Carney

If you like lake-front living, manageable-sized cities, and friendly people then you’ll love living in Milwaukee. 

Ok, see what I just did there? I just made this city sound amazing by glossing over everything that might suck. 

That’s what everyone else on YouTube is doing. But not me. 

You can think of me as the Alex Jones of US Cities. I’m here to expose the conspiracies of what it’s really like to live there–albeit in a slightly unhinged fashion. 

So sit back, relax, and adjust your tinfoil hat while I go over the pros and cons of living in Milwaukee Wisconsin. 

Con #4, Property tax

One thing people love to praise Milwaukee over is just how cheap homes are here. 

The average price of a home in the US is around $350,000. And the average price of a home in Milwaukee is around $180,000. 

Sounds like a no-brainer, right?

Well, not when you factor in property tax. 

The property tax in this city is 2.53%–which is the highest in the entire state of Wisconsin. 

So while you save money on upfront, you lose it on the backend. 

Speaking of backends. 

Con #3, Traffic

When driving in Milwaukee, you’ll want to drive cautiously to make sure you’re not rear-ended. 

Because the traffic during rush hour in this city can easily get to bumper-to-bumper territory. 

The city has been voted among the 100 worst cities for traffic. But that’s not to say traffic here is on par with New York or other major cities. 

You’d just be wise to avoid driving in rush hour or when one of the many festivals in the area is taking place. 

As long as you do that, you should be able to avoid any extreme traffic. 

But no matter what you do, you won’t be able to avoid this next extreme situation. 

Con #2, Extreme winters

I heard somewhere that before moving his operation to the north pole, Santa Claus used to operate out of Milwaukee. 

But he ended up relocating because the city was entirely too cold. 

Can’t really blame the guy considering his reindeer were suffering from frostbite and his elves ended up dying gruesome deaths when getting lost in the snow. 

Yea, not even Rudolph can lighten up that dark story. 

Anyway, my point is gets REALLY cold here in the winter. Temperatures have been known to regularly drop below zero degrees. 

And the really alarming thing about the frigid temperatures and endless snow is that the locals seem to embrace it. 

Even when temperatures are at their lowest, you’ll still see people outside snowboarding, ice skating and just pretending like the cold weather doesn’t bother them. 

This only could mean one thing–the citizens in Milwaukee are soulless mutants conceived of by the government to show us that there’s something positive about suffering. 

Ok, I just heard myself say that and now I think I’ve watched one too many Alex Jones videos. 

Con #1, Violent crimes

And now for the worst con of all. 

The crime rate in Milwaukee is so high I wouldn’t be surprised if they had a university that teaches criminals. 

And it’s not just general crime that’s high here. We’re talking specifically about violent crime.

Violent crime is a whopping 251% higher than the national average. Which means if you’re not walking around with a bulletproof vest like 50 Cent, you obviously don’t care about your life. 

Now before you get too alarmed and start adding AK-47s to your Amazon wish list, further explanation is needed. 

Most of the crimes happen in the rougher parts of the city. So if you’re not poor, you shouldn’t need to worry.

And as a whole, the crime rate seems to have a downward trend in Milwaukee. So just keep that in mind before you swear off moving to the city. 

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The great people here will make buying a house, whether you’re looking in St. Louis or any other city with gangs, a very easy process. 

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Ok, now let’s check out some pros of living in Milwaukee.

Pro #4, Cost of living

One of the best things about living in Milwaukee is the cost of living. 

Houses are wildly affordable here. And everyday goods are also on the cheaper side.

Yea I know how I talked earlier about how property taxes can bite you in the you-know-what, but honestly, when you consider how cheap the cost of living is, you’ll still be in a net-positive situation. 

Either that or I have split personality disorder and can’t be trusted. 

I’ll let you decide.  

Pro #3, Diversity

Milwaukee has been considered the 35th most diverse city in the US. 

And I honestly don’t know why that’s considered a good thing. I mean what kind of loser celebrates being in 35th place?


This city is pretty diverse which is something you’ll notice when exploring. But the way the diversity manifests in this city is in the food. 

No, I don’t mean to imply that you’ll find an ethnic person in your soup when eating out. Plus, last time I checked, cannibalism was frowned upon. 

What I mean is with the different cultural backgrounds in the city, you’ll have access to a vast array of dishes. 

I’m talking Venezuelan, Mexican, Serbian, Thai, sushi, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

Honestly, living in a place like this will make you want to eat out almost daily. And before you start thinking about whether or not you can afford to, check out this next pro. 

Pro #2, Job opportunities

Listen, you’ll have no problem finding a job in this city. 

Inc magazine has stated Milwaukee is one of the 25 best places to do business. 

Some of the city’s biggest employers include Aurora Health Care, Ascension Wisconsin, and Kohl’s corp. 

But if you’re looking to make the big bucks, it’s best to get a job in finance, insurance, or sales-focused roles. 

Trust me. Those options are much better than working on, say, a struggling blog. 


Pro #1, Things to do

It’s safe to say that it’s impossible to be bored when living in Milwaukee. 

The city is filled with art and culture. And if that kind of thing gets you jazzed up, you should definitely check out the Milwaukee art museum and some of the amazing architecture. 

And if you’re a beer-guzzling, hot dog eating, out-of-shape sports fan, you’ll have plenty of options as well. You’ll be able to cheer on all the athletes with better genetics than you at professional basketball, baseball, and hockey games. 

But the activity that truly takes the cake is the festivals. 

There’s always some sort of festival in the city. Which is why it has been dubbed by many locals as the city of festivals. The biggest of all of them is the Summerfest–which is its largest music festival.

You should definitely attend these festivals because I hear they’re a lot of fun. Although, you won’t catch me dead at one because I hate people. 

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